Clay City Elementary and Clay City Jr./Sr. High School have each received 22 hardcover We the People Bookshelf books from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
We the People is an NEH program designed to encourage and enhance the teaching, study, and understanding of American history, culture, and democratic principles. Media Specialist Rhonda Neiswinger applied to the program on behalf of both Clay City schools. The We the People Bookshelf introduces young readers to important literature and promotes the understanding of vital ideas in our nation's history.
This year's theme, "Picturing America," explores the premise that a nation's literature, as well as its visual art, can be a window into its character, ideals, and aspirations.
The We the People Bookshelf on "Picturing America" will be a literary complement to the NEH's Picturing AmericaSM program -- a free education resource that provides reproductions of 40 pieces of great American art to schools and public libraries to help educators teach American history and culture through our nation's art.
Neiswinger applied for and received the Picturing America materials last year.
The 22-bookshelf collection adds nearly $500 worth of books at no cost each to the shelves of Clay City Elementary and Clay City Jr. / Sr. High School. The books will be ready for student check out at the beginning of school next fall.